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DR SONIA BEN JAAFAR CEO, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education


The CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, one of the largest privately funded philanthro­pic education foundation­s in the Arab world, Ben Jaafar is focused on its mission of promoting education for over 200,000 Arab youth. With more than 20 years of experience in the education developmen­t sector globally, Ben Jaafar fosters partnershi­ps to promote high impact sustainabl­e solutions to educationa­l challenges.

The former managing director of EduEval Consulting, she has spearheade­d major projects that focus on ensuring inclusive quality education and cultivated partnershi­ps with government­s, internatio­nal agencies, and multinatio­nal corporatio­ns. Ben Jaafar has a PhD in Educationa­l Leadership and a master’s degree in Curriculum Studies from the University of Toronto. Passionate about education for good, she says: “I am a mum who is trying to make the world a better place.”

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